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Eat This, Do This, Read This: Philly Weekend Planner, January 11-13

Looks like the weather gods are going to be kind to Philly this weekend, and we’ll escape snow for at least one more week. Though we’re recommending you scoop up a cool, sweet treat to take advantage, balance it out with a plate of soulful vegetables. Plus, there’s plenty of beer action going on around town. Also, check out what real Philadelphians do over the weekend (sorry, NYT) and read about a fork that watches what you eat.

Eat This

The Roots at Fork
Keeping true to your resolution to eat more veggies is easy with this starter from chef Eli Kulp. The roots in question are not Philly’s favorite homegrown band (though the name is a shoutout to Questlove and Co.), but refer to winter tubers. A surprisingly varied assortment of hearty yams, potatoes, turnips and more are tossed with a pear vinaigrette and crowned with sunchoke “truffles,” rounded chunks coated in black trumpet powder. Flavor, these roots have it ($16; 215-625-9425).

Honey Poppyseed Gelato at Capogiro
Since it might hit 60°F this weekend, it’s a perfect chance to try the winter flavors at Philly’s world-renowned gelateria. Exuding sweet honey flavors and swirled with fun-to-bite flecks of black poppy seeds, this flavor is not new, but it doesn’t come around all that often. It’s available now at the Midtown Village, Rittenhouse and University City locations.

Do This

Fire & Ice Release Party at Iron Hill Chestnut Hill
Head brewer Paul Rutherford is hosting a release party on Friday at the Germantown Avenue brewpub. Head over from 6-9 PM to try new fire-inspired beers: a smoked weizenbock and a rauchbier, along with two ice-inspired brews: an American IPA called Hopsicle and a stout named Rasputin’s Revenge. Join the frequent drinker’s club King of the Hill and you’ll also receive complimentary food pairings to go with the pay-as-you-go suds (215-948-5600).

Philly Beer Week Raffle at Field House
Love beer? Love to travel? Saturday is your chance to get both as executive director Don Russell hosts a raffle party to win a spot on the Philly Beer Week annual trip to Belgium. Tickets will be available for $5 each starting at 1 PM at the Midtown Village pub, and the winner will be drawn at 2:30 PM. The lucky champ will get to choose a local brewer to join the crew as they travel to Brasserie de la Senne and begin crafting the 2013 PBW collaborative brew. Quite possibly the best raffle ever (215-629-1520).

Read This

36 Hours in Real Philadelphia: What the New York Times Got Wrong
Last week the NYT gave our city the showcase treatment, highlighting such faves as Han Dynasty, Johnny Brenda’s and Federal Donuts. While the New Yorkers did pretty well for outsiders, native Philadelphian and Philly Post contributor Dan McQuade has a better idea of what real Philly folks do on a typical weekend. Click over to read which dive bars, greasy spoons and diners to hit.

HAPIfork Measures Every Bite and Tracks Every Meal on Your iPhone
Out in Las Vegas, the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is underway, and in addition to an internet-enabled fridge, one of the more interesting food-related gadgets introduced is the HAPIfork. This “smart fork” uses Bluetooth and a motion sensor to track and examine each and every bite you put in your mouth. Good tool for a diet or scary opportunity for advertisers to exploit your minute eating habits? Click over to The Verge to see pics and find out more.

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